We believe that Geography helps to provoke inquiry and provide answers to questions about natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as fostering an emotional connection to places so that they can better understand their place and position in it. 

The Geography curriculum is underpinned by three main concepts: Place; Scale; Space. Once these aspects are connected and understood, children can begin to form opinions built upon reasoned facts and begin to think critically about the world they live in and the world they want to build. Our curriculum uses the concrete and local to connect with and understand the abstract and global. Questions play an integral role in the development of learning as it enables pupils to express and teachers to identify misunderstandings and to also probe their thinking.



At Moss Hall, we develop children’s sense of connection and empathy to the world by including:

  • Graphicacy - an interpretation of images, maps and spatial thinking
  • Interaction - how conditions and processes explain features, distribution patterns and changes over time and space
  • Familiar - a return to the familiar to extend and consolidate the abstract concept
  • Truth - telling the story of the place



Sources & Fieldwork

At Moss Hall we aim to give meaningful fieldwork experiences using the following sources:

  • reading to learn
  • atlases
  • ordnance survey maps
  • census data
  • data gathered from the local environment




Physical & Human Geography

At Moss Hall, we break learning down explicitly into human and physical concepts.






At Moss Hall, we assess using a range of criteria, such as:

  • interpreting images
  • giving reasoned arguments for opinions
  • spatial thinking and map making
  • interpretation and presentation of data
  • explanation of how processes interact
  • description of a place and what it is like



Long Term Overview
  EYFS Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Autumn 1
All About Me

People Who Help Us

Getting to know the school

Changing Seasons

Weather Conditions

Exploring the outdoors

School/Our Local Geography

Big Question - What makes this a good location for a school?

Big Question - What makes Finchley a society?
Autumn 2     London (Green belt)

Big Question -Should we build on London's greenbelt?
Extreme Earth

Big Question - Should people's rights change during a natural disaster?
  Galapagos Islands

Big Question - Why do animals evolve differently?
Spring 1
Similarities and Differences between life in this country and life in other countries

Exploring the natural world

Changing Seasons

Weather Conditions

Exploring the outdoors
The UK (4 countries and capital cities)

Big Question - What makes London a capital city?
The world (7 continents and 5 oceans)

Big Question - How does the climate affect the world's landscapes?

Big Question - Which area of France should Mdm Rodhain retire to one day?

Big Question - Should we mine Antarctica for natural resources?
Spring 2     Japan

Big Question - How does the Japanese landscape affect settlement?
Summer 1
Write weather reports

Noting and recording seasonal changes

Key places in the community

Aerial Maps
Climate - Weather in the UK

Big Question - Why does the weather change?
      Rivers in the UK

Big Question - Should we continue to live near rivers?

Big Question - Can one person make a difference?
Summer 2   Sustainability/ Recycling

Big Question - how can recycling unite a community?

Big Question - Is trade always good?
Blue Planet

Big Question - How can we save our oceans?
The Amazon Rainforest

Big Question - Who benefits from trade?
Race Around the UK

Big Question - How has the UK landscape shaped our society?
Progression Map